Kevin Brennan Writes About What It's Like
Yesterday, with no fanfare whatsoever, I published Fascination on Amazon.
I know. Unexpected, right?
You can probably guess why I did it. Two main reasons: One, that after an initial blast of sales to, pretty much (no, exclusively), people who read this blog, I couldn’t give away a copy. There was no follow-up, no word of mouth, and though a number of potential readers expressed interest via comments on reviews of the book on other blogs, none of them pulled the trigger. Two, aside from the blog and Twitter, there’s no way to market the thing. I knew this going in, of course, but I’d hoped that Janey would tell Jenny and Jenny would buy it and then tell Jackie, who’d buy it herself and then tell Jill. It’s #guerrillapublishing, right? The word spreads and strangers start showing up. Six degrees of separation.
Just didn’t happen.
In the same vein, there’s also no way to attract new reviews, especially reviews by people I don’t know.
It was only after I found out that my mother and sister still couldn’t get the PDF onto their Nooks that I accepted (heavy sigh) that #guerrillapublishing has failed.
At least here. Now. With this book.
So I did what I had to do. I stripped Fascination (as conceived) of all its frills, all its wonderful photographs, the signature, the personalized inscription, the Fascination Hall of Fame. I took it down to what it is, at bottom — words. So now, if you buy Fascination you get the bedazzling story and a vividly colorful cover, and that’s about it.
Then again, that’s what you get with most books.
And here’s something else I discovered. Once I’d removed all the images and the little stars and Fascination balls that marked section and chapter breaks, I had such a simple file that I could do the ebook formatting myself. And it’s a million times easier than I thought. You basically let Amazon do it (with a little help from Calibre). For free.
You get a very simple-looking ebook, but it’s clean as can be and has an active table of contents. It has a couple of hyperlinks. It has that cover. And it has about 91,000 carefully chosen words.
You can buy Fascination today for the introductory price of $2.99. If you were nervous about the PDF version, click here and grab yourself a copy.
Unfortunately, because KDP Select requires that enrolled books not be available elsewhere, the PDF version now becomes a limited edition, no longer for sale. I suppose I can give a copy away now and then (wink wink) in exchange for a small donation to the Brennan Foundation For Peas in Our Thyme.
Oh, and those of you who have already read Fascination in PDF, I’d very much appreciate a brief review on Amazon, if you have a few moments to spare.
Many thanks to everyone who stepped up and took a chance on this project. You put your money where your mouth is and tried something different. I deeply appreciate your support.
Hey, it was fun while it lasted!
Here’s the cover flap copy — if it had a cover flap:
It’s a road picture …
It’s a novel about self-realization and vengeance …
It’s a novel about the pointless journey of a grieving young widow — Sally Pavlou — and a love-struck private investigator — Clive Bridle — looking for the dead man who done Sally wrong …
It’s a novel about postponing the inevitable and rushing to conclusions …
It’s a novel about looking for love and avoiding detection …
It’s a book about doing the thing you do best and finding all the satisfaction you need in it …
There’s a ‘63 Dodge Dart convertible; there’s a magical dog named Biscuit; there’s a cult of bald priestesses and a band of brutally honest guilt-mongers; there’s a massive collection of garden gnomes; there’s cutthroat Texas hold ‘em; but most of all, there’s …